On 4 April 1968, civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King was assasinated in Memphis, Tennesee.
I am always moved and inspired whenever I listen or read his speeches and I would say that he is one of the few persons in history that has helped shape my own values and principles. In Malaysia, we need our leaders to be more like him. Selfless, absolutely committed to his cause and most important of all, brave and courageous to see the future and make it happen. His ‘I have a dream…’ speech has become a benchmark for brilliant oratory and I can’t help wonder how things would be like if he was alive today and what cause he would fight for.
Nearly a year to the day, he made another speech and reading it, one can’t help to ponder the irony of what he said,
‘Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land’!
Anyway, we should all have our own convictions and have a calling that can move us as much as Martin Luther King’s calling moved him. The world seems to have gone mad and maybe by doing so, we can bring back a little sanity.